2000-07-22 Ener Julio w pts 12 Randall Bailey, American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, USA - WBO

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2000-07-22 Ener Julio w pts 12 Randall Bailey, American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, USA - WBO. Referee: Max Parker Jr. Scorecards: 113-111, 114-111, 111-115. It was a strange start for the champion as he missed Julio (139¾) consistently before being knocked down by a left hook in the opening session. However, Bailey (139) had got himself back in the fight by the sixth, dropping Julio heavily from a right to the head, only for the latter to show remarkable recuperative powers when continuing to land his left lead almost at will. By the ninth, Bailey, his right eye closed, was tiring but he still found a big right to drop Julio towards the end of the session. It turned out to be Bailey’s last opportunity as the Colombian got up and carried on as if nothing had happened. Julio then came back with some venom to win the last three rounds clearly, even though he had a point deducted in the 11th for holding and hitting.

After Julio forfeited the WBO version of the title in June 2001 when it was discovered that he had cataracts on both eyes immediately prior to a championship defence against Felix Flores, DeMarcus Corley was drafted in at just four days notice in order to find a new champion.